Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech will make his big league debut Tuesday when the Chicago White Sox return home to face the Minnesota Twins, the team announced Sunday.
The arrival of Kopech, a hard-throwing 22-year-old, represents the latest step forward in the White Sox’s rebuilding effort. Chicago acquired the right-hander as part of a package of prospects in exchange for southpaw Chris Sale after the 2016 season.
Kopech has 170 strikeouts in 126 1/3 innings this season for Triple-A Charlotte. He is 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 starts on the season, and he convinced the White Sox that he was ready for a promotion after posting a 59-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his past seven outings.
Chicago’s rotation now will feature a young core anchored by Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Kopech. James Shields serves as the veteran of the group, with Dylan Covey likely the odd man out now that Kopech is on the way.
Lopez said the White Sox are excited to welcome their new teammate.
“We’re going to have one of the best prospects in the game with us,” Lopez said through an interpreter after Sunday’s game, according to the team’s official website. “He’s one of the best and everybody thinks he’s supposed to be a superstar, and we’re all excited.”
The White Sox and Twins will play a makeup game Monday in Minneapolis before both clubs head to Chicago for meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.
–Field Level Media